Regional Artist Project Grant winners announced

November 25, 2013

The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes Counties and the North Carolina Arts Council. Its goal is to provide support to a broad range of visual, performing, literary, and inter-disciplinary artists that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their careers.

Grants generally range from $200 to $1,000 and may be used by the artists for a variety of purposes, including the cost of presenting work for exhibits and/or auditions, training or tuition, travel, promotional materials, work facilities, equipment or the production of new work. This year there was $15,498 requested and $5,725 awarded.

Receiving grants this year are: Jeri Allison - Ashe County – startup costs for new portrait business; Rachel Ballard Bigley- Watauga County – test kiln to refine glaze surfaces; Derrick Davidson - Watauga County – travel cost for research for new play; Carley Eisenberg- Watauga County - purchase of blacksmithing equipment; Martha Enzmann - Ashe County - purchase supplies for sculpture installation; Rebecca Gummere - Watauga County – retreat expenses; Tommy Lee McGhee - Watauga County – expenses for solo exhibit; Stephen Shoemaker - Ashe County – materials and supplies for new work; Beth Shuford - Watauga County – glass firing kiln; Shambe Wright – Watauga County – material and supplies for new work.

A multi-disciplinary panel from the four county region judged applications in visual arts, music, film and literature. This grant is partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, in partnership with the Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties. For more information, call your local arts council or 336-846-ARTS.